Take our Facebook Aroma Quiz!

Do you ever wander up to a perfume or scent counter and become overwhelmed by the choices?  Perhaps you don’t know where to start because once you start smelling scents, you discover it’s too much of a good thing?  Then try taking Wickedly Sent’s Facebook Aroma Quiz to help you narrow your choices. It’s easy, quick and fun!  Discover whether you’re “a naturalist,” “a modern,” or one of our other categories. Once you take the aroma quiz, you’ll get a list of fragrances most likely to fit your tastes.  Then, you can create your own signature scented product, customized expressly for you. We offer customization in our: Body Lotions – luxuriously made of olive oil and shea butter, body wash of olive, coconut and other natural oils Body Oils – carefully created of safflower and other natural oils with vitamin E Eau de Parfum – A natural and light silky spray that lingers Body or Room Spray – This favorite is so natural you can use it on yourself or spray it into the air Fragrance Oil – Add a few drops to an oil burner, a simmer pot or even cotton balls to scent your home, your office or your car After you finish Wickedly Sent’s Facebook Aroma Quiz, you can compare the results to others who have taken the quiz or send it to your friends to...

The Essence and Benefits of Aromatherapy

Did you know that there are more than 90 different essential oils that can be used in aromatherapy? Essential oils are used for aromatherapy and are different than fragrance oils because they are all-natural and come from plants.  This gives them holistic properties that bring about psychological and physical well-being.  When inhaled, these oils stimulate the brain and and can provide therapeutic benefits to the lungs.  Believers in aromatherapy also find they bring about a sense of connection with nature, happiness and comfort. True aromatherapy uses all-natural ingrediets.  Because aromatherapy is not regulated in this country, you should beware of buying aromatherapy products from unknown sources because, while they might include essential oils, the oils may be combined with or suspended in synthetic products.  When buying from unknown sources, be sure the label says “Made with Natural Ingredients.” Here at Wickedly Sent, we use no synthetics in the creation of our aromatherapy candles or relief balms. In addition to these items, we also offer a wide variety of essential oils that can be used for healing and relaxation but also for a wide variety of other uses.   For example, if insects are attracted to you, try a touch of citronella, lavendar or peppermint to repel them naturally. In addition to our products and oils, if you visit the store, we offer an aroma bar where you can custom design a signature scent in lotion, body wash, body spray, massage oil or essential oil.  With 70 different scents, the possibililities are limitless!  And if you’re looking for a fun idea for a party, how about an aroma bar party?  They’re very popular for batchelorette parties, birthday bashes or a special girls’ night on the town. Please stop in and...

The History of Aromatherapy

One of our specialties at Wickedly Sent is Aromatherapy.  Although the name is a 20th century term, this art dates back thousands of years.  It is suspected that the Chinese, through their burning of incense, were the first to use plants for well-being. Later, the Egyptians developed a machine that would distill cedarwood oil which was mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmet and myrrh for enbalming purposes.  They also mixed oils and herbs for spiritual, medicinal and cosmetic purposes and are credited with coining the word “perfume.” Aromatherapy soon became popular with the Greeks and the Romans as well.  The Greeks believed it to be a gift from the Gods and a Roman named Discordides added to the knowledge base by studying and writing about the properties of some 500 plants. In the 13th Century, an early pharmaceutical industry developed relying on the distallation of essential oils and by the 14th Century, people used preparations made from plants and herbs, attempting to fight off the deadly Black Plague. Apothecaries sprang up during the 16th Century and oils incorporating plant essence became available for purchase in shops.  Over the 16th and 17th century, perfume became an art form, and by the 19th Century, it was a booming industry. By the 20th Century, aromatherapists had discovered how to separate the constituents of essential oils and create synthetic chemicals and drugs leading to the development of the fields of modern medicine and synthetically-created perfumes.  As a result, the field of aromatherapy eroded in popularity.  Fortunately, during the late 20th and 21st Century, there has been a growing resurgence of interest in the field of aromatherapy and how essential oils can be used for...

The Language of Flowers

In Victorian times, flowers and herbs were used to convey messages that often could not be communicated in other ways.  The language of flowers, known as floriography, expressed complex sentiments.  According to Victorian Bazaar, “Flowers would convey messages of love or dislike depending upon which ones were given, their sizes, how they were held, or also grouped together. They had a silent meaning of their very own, and could “say” what was not dared to be spoken.” Lovers or friends might send small bouquets, known as “tussie-mussies” which were wrapped in a doily and tied with satin.  Some of the flowers used to convey special meanings were: Red rose – True or passionate love White rose – Eternal love; also, purity, chastity Red poppy – Pleasure Coriander – Lust Grass – Submission Yellow tulip – Hopeless love Blue violet – Faithfulness Willow – Love foresaken Ivy – Dependence Lavender – Devotion or distrust Lettuce – Cold-hearted Olive – Peace Magnolia – Love of nature White lily – Purity Today, although flowers and herbs are seldom used to convey sentiments of an emotional nature, they are used to bring about psychological and physiological well-being.  In the next two posts, we’ll explore the subject of aromatherapy, which is one of our specialties at Wickedly Sent, and how certain flowers and herbs are used in the area of health.   Photo courtesy of Carol White Llewellyn, taken at Hurd Orchards....

The Importance of Smelling Good

Smelling good is something important to everyone. You wouldn’t go around smelling like you haven’t bathed for a month now, would you? Although I’ve encountered some people who’d make me eat those words. It’s amazing also how so many people are self concious about how they look: prim and proper hair cut, ironed clothes so stiff that you can bounce a quarter, and enought cologne or perfume to drown a duck. These people place looking good and smelling good high in their priority list. However, it’s amazing how many of these people have stinky homes or apartments. I know, I know, it’s an unfair presumption, and not all of their homes can smell like a candle maker’s home. Our home, in case you wonder, has a mixture of food scents, then a mixture of candles, lotions that the entire family has (different scents of course), and reed diffusers that are in every room. Not to mention the smelly jellies in our the bathroom, or closets, or the nine kinds of soaps because no one likes the same smelling soaps. Regardless, what I am ranting (or blogging about), is that I have the maximum overdrive of scents, but some homekeepers do not have a single scent in their home. Ziltch, no candles, smelly jellies, or reed diffusers. Unless you are sensitive to smells, pick up a soy candle, and start smelling good. You don’t want an unexpected visitor to find out that your house smells like mold, or what you cooked from yesterday, or dirty laundry that’s been piling up, or the castle of your precious (cat/dog/canary). Be responsible, and...